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NEWSLETTER
Weekly Edition (11-May-2006)
"I acknowledge that we Chinese …have suffered from the ideology of Communism for a long time. Perhaps it would be more difficult for China than any other country to transform into a democracy. However, as a writer full of passion for freedom, and a Christian with faith in God, I firmly believe that China is not a region abandoned by God, and that the Chinese people deserve a lifestyle better than servitude." - Yu Jie, Chinese Author
Table of Contents
Vietnam
Montagnard Christian Martyred
24-04-2006 – The Montagnard Foundation (MF) reports that Siu Lul, a 62 year old a Degar Christian, passed away on April 24. MF reports that on April 20 "he was denied food and water by Vietnamese authorities in Ha Nam prison who also commenced beating and torturing him." MF says Siu Lul "came from the village of Ploi Kueng, Habong commune, Cu Se District, Gia Lai Province." Siu Lul had been in Han Nam prison since April 2004 where he was, according to MF, "tortured."

MF says that the authorities wanted his family to take back the body but, due to the cost of transportation they were unable to take him back to his village. He was laid to rest in Han Nam.

MF says "there are still over 350 Degar prisoners of conscience who remain imprisoned in Vietnam 's brutal prison system. The Montagnard Foundation thus appeals to the UN and international community to pressure Vietnam to release these prisoners because none of them would be in jail if they had lived in a free society that respected human rights."
Prayer Points
  • Thank the Lord for the precious life of Siu Lul. Thank the Lord for redeeming him and bringing him into the faith that ensures life everlasting. Pray that Siu Lul is now at peace with his father and is no longer in pain.


  • Pray for the Siu Lul’s family. Pray that God would bless them and provide comfort during this time of mourning. Pray that the Lord would ease their pain and hold them firm in their faith during this time of strife.


  • Pray for those who remain in prison for their faith. Pray that God would have mercy on their souls and that the Lord would grant them peace and comfort them during this difficult time. Pray for them to be liberated soon and ask that God would bless their families and loved ones who wait for them.


  • Pray that the outside world would not forget their imprisonment and that the outside world would apply pressure to the Vietnamese government to ensure the protection and liberty of these Saints. Pray that God would move in the hearts of the Vietnamese authorities, that they would repent of their sins and draw close to God.
  • Nepal
    Helping Nepalese Christians
    04-05-2006 – "Christian Freedom International (CFI)," reports Spero News (SN), "announced that it is launching new operations to help Nepal's persecuted, minority Christians." SN continues, "CFI programs include distribution of medicine, food, Bibles, micro-enterprise or self-help initiatives, and legal assistance for Nepal's fast growing, oppressed minority Christians." Jim Jacobson, CFI president, said, "Nepalese Christians need a helping hand, especially now. This is the right time for CFI to work in Nepal." According to SN, "Proselytizing is a crime in Nepal." SN says, "In spite of hardships Christianity is growing throughout the Hindu Kingdom."
    Prayer Points
  • Thank the Lord for the growth of Christianity in Nepal. Thank the Lord for moving His Spirit through this country and drawing many to His wonderful name.


  • Thank the Lord for the presence of CFI in Nepal. Pray that CFI would be able to effectively support the Church and the needs of the Church in Nepal. Pray that the Lord would provide them with funds and workers as needed.


  • Pray for the continued working of the Spirit in Nepal. Pray that God would continue to draw Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus to His name that He may be glorified.


  • Pray for the country of Nepal. Pray that peace may come to this country that has recently been wracked by violence and social disorder.
  • Indonesia
    Evangelist Awaits Trial
    03-05-2006 - "An evangelist of an Indonesian Pentecostal church, Gereja Sidang Jemaat Pentakosta (GSJP)," reports Open Doors (OD) "awaits trial at the Tasikmalaya provincial court." OD reports that he is "accused of defaming Islam." Prior to his arrest the evangelist was beaten by a mob of Muslims outside his home. On March 8 he heard a group of people outside his home. When he approached the mob and asked what they were looking for they replied they were looking for him. When he identified himself OD reports, "the mob dragged him on the ground and started beating him up. The evangelist sustained wounds in his head and ears. He remained conscious though."

    Fortunately the police intervened to prevent further injury but immediately afterwards he was imprisoned and has remained in prison for the last 50 days without having the opportunity to see his family. He has also been charged with defaming Islam and can be imprisoned for up to five years. The evangelist comes from a strong Muslim family. Some of his family members are Muslim clerics.

    OD says that on a visit to the prison on March 27, they found the evangelist to be in a great deal of stress and in urgent need of our prayers.
    Prayer Points
    OD prayer requests for the evangelist are listed below:

  • Pray for his condition inside the prison. Due to stress, Abe has been suffering from a light stroke impairing his right arm. Please pray for God's healing. Pray also that he will be spared from maltreatment and abuse by prison officials and mates.


  • Representatives of the Indonesian Clerics Council (MUI) have frequently visited him to offer freedom on the condition that Abe agrees to return to Islam. Pray for his faith to be strong during these trying times.


  • West Java is one of the most Islamic regions in Indonesia, where the three ladies in Indramayu were also tried and imprisoned. Pray for Abe's trial to be fair, without any pressures from Muslim radicals.


  • Pray for his wife and daughter in Central Java. May they walk in perfect health; pray also for inner strength and endurance amid this stressful situation.
  • Uzbekistan
    Further Crackdowns on Religious Belief
    05-05-2006 – Forum 18 reports: "A court in north-western Uzbekistan has sentenced a Jehovah's Witness to ten days' jail, Forum 18 News Service has found. Three days later, on 30 April, about fifty police raided a banned Protestant church and detained church members during Easter celebrations. Simultaneously, police raided the church's land and broke the caretaker's arm in a bid to force the church to give its land to the state. Following the raids, Forum 18 has learnt that the Prosecutor's Office intimidated and threatened children, in a bid to force them to sign statements that they would no longer attend Christian services and that they were renouncing their Christian faith. Parents were also pressured to write statements that they would not "attract their children to Christianity" and warned that failure to comply could see them deprived of their parental rights. A state religious affairs official told Forum 18 that "the police simply have to stop the church's members from holding illegal religious meetings."
    Prayer Points
  • Pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen the faith of the Christians in Uzbekistan. Pray that they would continue to remain faithful to the Lord despite the trials and disruptions.


  • Pray that the Lord would protect the Children and the parental rights of the parents. Pray that God would Love them and hold onto them. Pray that these Children would remain firm in the faith their parents have taught them.


  • Pray that the Lord would comfort the parents of these children and that God would uphold and uplift them. Pray that God would comfort their troubled souls during this time of concern and worry and that the Lord would continue to shine His light in their hearts.


  • Pray for those who would continue to persecute the Church in Uzbekistan. Pray that God would draw them to Him and that they would repent of their ways and draw close to Christ.
  • Turkmenistan
    Church Meeting Broken Up by Police
    06-05-2006 – Compass Direct (CD) reports that on May 3, hours after being labeled one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, "More than 15 officials busted the unregistered gathering of 13 members of the Soygi (Love) Church in Ashgabat," Turkmenistan’s capital city. CD reports the police confiscated personal belongings and subjected the group to "extensive interrogation." CD also reports: "After seizing materials, the officers forced the Christians to reenact their meeting activities while police videotaped them."
    Prayer Points
  • Pray for the Christians who were victims of this disturbance. Pray that the Lord would empower them in their faith and that, despite this opposition, the Lord would encourage them to remain faithful.


  • Pray that the Lord would comfort these Christians in their fear and calm their troubled souls during this time of trial.


  • Pray that the Lord would provide for the needs of these Christians and that anything that was confiscated would be replaced.


  • Pray for the continuing love of Christ to shine throughout Turkmenistan. Pray that the Lord would deliver the persecutors of Christians from their sins and draw them to Him for the glorious praise of His holy name.
  • Pakistan
    Targets for More Oppression
    05-05-2006 – Mission New Network (MNN) reports on a new law being proposed in Pakistan that could put the lives of Christians in the region in jeopardy. Sammy Tippit, an Evangelist with extensive experience in the region says newspaper reports in Pakistan have said "there are extremist organizations that are wanting to make it a law forbidding Christians, or anyone from a Muslim background, from converting to Christianity."

    Even though the law is only in the proposal stage, Tippit says: "Christian converts are already feeling the pressure. We've had communication from friends who are somewhat concerned because they received emails, they've received threats, phone calls, on their lives because they're from Islamic backgrounds and they one day came to conclusion that Jesus is the Messiah the Christ and decided to follow Him."

    Tippit says that these threats are not idle because "several months ago two men working with Tippit's ministry were killed by Islamic redicals." According to Tippit there are many in Pakistan who are willing to take the law into their own hands.
    Prayer Points
  • Pray for the families of those who were killed. Pray for the Lord to comfort them in their time of grief. Pray that the Lord would draw these families close to them during this time of sadness and pain.


  • Pray for the protection of the Christians in Pakistan. Pray that the Lord would continue to guide them in their faith. Pray that the Lord would protect them and strengthen their conviction.


  • Pray for the continued spread of the gospel in this area. Pray that the Lord would love these people and draw them to His holy name.


  • Pray for those who are persecuting the Christians there. Pray for these extremist Muslims that they would come to know Christ and that God would do a work in their lives.
  • Indonesia
    Extremists Threaten Christian Radio
    05-05-2006 – "Islamic extremists in Indonesia," writes Asia News (AN), "have launched a campaign to close a Christian radio station, accusing it of proselytism." AN reports, "members of the Muslim Community Front (FUI) and the Anti-Separatism Youth Movement (GAPAS) ordered the radio managers to stop airing programs." FUI member Andi Mulia said: "Suara Gratia says the special program was specially launched and is aired for Christian-based communities. But we have found that their broadcasting license is for general use. As Cirebon is widely known for its predominantly Muslim-based community, the program is irrelevant." The radio station, located in Cirebon, was accused of secretly launching the program to proselytize.

    According to Jimmy Gideon, the director of the accused radio station Sura Gratia (The Voice of Grace): "Not all programs broadcast are of a religious nature or have Christian content. At fixed times, we do transmit a special program for Christian communities, but this has not broken regulations, although we had the licence for general use."
    Prayer Points
  • Pray for the continuation of the radio program and pray that the Lord would use these programs to greatly reach the lost in Indonesia. Pray through this ministry the Lord would work miracles and many would come to Him.


  • Pray for the protection of the people working on the radio station. Pray that God would safe guard them and ensure that they are not harmed or fall victim to violence.


  • Pray for the Muslims who are against the radio show. Pray that God would draw them to Him and bless them and guide them into the paths of righteousness.


  • Pray for all the Christians in Indonesia. Ask that God would continue to confirm their faith and continue to keep them strong in their beliefs.
  • India
    Easter Attacks Investigated
    09-05-2006 – Police in Punjab have assured the members of an independent house Church Bhatinda district that an attack on their Church on April 16 will be investigated. "Sukh Pal Singh, a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council)," reports Compass Direct (CD), "led a group of five people who disrupted the service at the House of Prayer." CD says: "The extremists also warned the church not to hold further meetings." A police official Virender Kumar told CD: "I have asked the Bhatinda police superintendent to look into the matter. Rest assured of the safety of Christians."

    According to the pastor of the Church, Pastor Francis, the mob initially "stood outside my house and warned the Christians who were coming to attend the service not to enter the house. Later they came onto the terrace and started shouting, demanding that we stop the prayer right away." The police were called and responded immediately. They managed to catch three of those involved.
    Prayer Points
  • Pray for the continued movement of God in India. Pray that more and more people in this nation of the Lost will be drawn to the holy name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


  • Pray that God would continue to protect the members of the Church that was attacked. Thank the Lord that no one was injured during this incident


  • Pray for those who would persecute this small Church. Pray that God would forgive them and that they would be drawn to the Father. Pray that they too would seek redemption through Christ.


  • Thank the Lord for the quick action of the police officers. Pray also that the police would resolve this issue peacefully and that all those involved would feel the love Christ working in their lives.
  • China
    Christian Writer Speaks Out
    08-05-2006 – Four Christian writers and lawyers, who attended a conference arranged by the Hudson Institute and were scheduled to meet President Bush this week, have spoken out against the continued violations against freedom of speech and expression in China. "Yu Jie and Wang Yi," says the Epoch Times (ET), "describe a tense battle going on daily against a dictatorial regime that is being challenged in non-violent ways by fearless, determined young people, who are often Christian and possess a vision of a new democratic China." According to ET: "The [Chinese} government seeks to control the writers through harassment and ostracism—writer's employment, publishing outlets, meeting places—arrests, imprisonment, and persecution of one's family and self. Christians are even arrested for the ‘crime’ of meeting in their homes to pray. "

    According to ET, Yu Jie, one of China’s most prolific young authors, "said many of the younger writers like himself have become Christians. His [Yu Jie] identification with Christianity is inseparable from his pursuit of social justice and ‘practicing’ freedom. The House Church Movement requires one ‘to practice freedom in every corner of our life—freedom of religion, assembly and speech.’"

    ET says that according Yu Jie, "Western pressure could improve human rights in China, and should not limit itself to only its trade interests. He observed ‘the betrayal by Yahoo!’ in assisting the Chinese communist regime in the arrest of several Christian writers."

    ET states: "These human rights activists placed themselves in grave danger by participating in these conferences held in Washington, D.C."
    Prayer Points
  • Thank the Lord for the courage of these young Christians. Pray that when they return home that the Lord would protect them and continue to use their lives in a powerful way for His glory and coming kingdom.


  • Pray for the continued spread of the Gospel in China. Pray that the Lord would have mercy on the souls of those in this vast land and that God would continue to draw millions to His name.


  • Pray for the leaders of China. That the Lord would redeem them, draw them into a relationship with Himself and forgive them of their sins.


  • Pray for that Christians in the free lands would not forget the plight of their brethren in China. Pray that Christians in the free lands would them up in prayer and petition God on their behalf.